The Counseling Program at Contra Costa High Schools
The Counseling Program at Contra Costa High Schools serves students in two high schools on the Contra Costa College Campus: Gateway to College and Middle College High School. Both high schools work to improve the academic achievement of students at risk of not completing high school.
In the training program, Wright Institute graduate student-counselors learn about strength-based and collaborative approaches to group and individual counseling. The strength-based approach stresses individual strengths in dealing with life challenges, and supporting new, preferable ways of seeing oneself. The collaborative approach values and explores abilities, understandings, and experiences, while creating change and enabling students to cope with difficulties.
Social justice in counseling relationships is advanced through experiential learning in which student-counselors examine the social and cultural contexts that influence their lives and those of their students in areas such as gender, race, ability, religious affiliation, class background, sexual orientation, and immigration status. Paying particular attention to resisting dominant, negative ideas about marginalized groups facilitates the development of a positive self-image for youth.
This program is free to the high school students receiving services.